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MediWales Innovation Awards 2011

19 December 2011

Judith Hall webProfessor Judith Hall

A device developed at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine and manufactured in South Wales has scooped two MediWales Innovation Awards.

The patented Hall Lock System, invented by Professor Judith Hall, Head of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine and made by Flexicare Medical Limited, won the Partnership with The NHS / Academia Award, while Professor Hall was given the NHS collaboration with Industry Award.

MediWales is the Welsh Life Sciences Forum - the networking and representative body for the sector. The MediWales Innovation Awards recognise good innovation and excellence but is also an opportunity to network and solve difficulties facing the sector.

The device was developed to prevent wrong route injections for patients. Such accidents are rare, but can be extremely serious. The Hall Lock system eliminates the possibility of wrong route administration via a serious of connectors which can only link with the correct fitting, rather than the common locking mechanism currently in use.

MediWales described the Hall Lock System as an excellent example of what can be rapidly achieved when academia, the NHS and industry work together. It also recognised the collaborative design and development of the non-interchangeable connectors.

The Hall Lock is the only system with a full range of needles, syringes, manometers and tamper evident caps meeting the needs of the anaesthetic and pharmaceutical markets. The system has been unveiled at national and international anaesthesia congresses, which has created demand across Europe and the Middle East.

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